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metapsychology

 [met´ah-si-kol´o-je]
the branch of psychology that deals with the theoretical or speculative aspects of a particular subject of psychology, and the significance of mental processes that are beyond empirical verification.

met·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(met'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē),
1. A systematic attempt to discern and describe what lies beyond the empiric facts and laws of psychology, such as the relations between body and mind, or concerning the place of the mind in the universe.
2. In psychoanalysis, or psychoanalytic metapsychology, psychology concerning the fundamental assumptions of the freudian theory of the mind, which entails five points of view: 1) dynamic, concerning psychological forces; 2) economic, concerning psychological energy; 3) structural, concerning psychological configurations; 4) genetic, concerning psychological origins; 5) adaptive, concerning psychological relations with the environment.
[G. meta, beyond, transcending, + psychology]

metapsychology

(mĕt′ə-sī-kŏl′ə-jē)
n.
Philosophical inquiry or theory supplementing the empirical science of psychology. Metapsychology deals with aspects of the mind that cannot be evaluated on the basis of objective or empirical evidence.

metapsychology

Fringe psychology
An informal branch of theoretical or speculative psychology that deals with the significance of mental processes; the nature of the mind-body relationship; origin, purpose and structure of the mind; and other nebulous hypotheses beyond the realm of empirical verification.

met·a·psy·chol·o·gy

(met'ă-sī-kol'ŏ-jē)
1. A systematic attempt to discern and describe what lies beyond the empiric facts and laws of psychology, such as the relations between body and mind, or concerning the place of the mind in the universe.
2. psychoanalysis Psychology concerning the fundamental assumptions of the freudian theory of the mind, which entail five points of view: 1) dynamic, concerning psychological forces; 2) economic, concerning psychological energy; 3) structural, concerning psychological configurations; 4) genetic, concerning psychological origins; and 5) adaptive, concerning psychologic relations with the environment.
[G. meta, beyond, transcending, + psychology]
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What started as a clinical finding amongst certain clients' unconscious minds became very quickly promoted to a core metapsychological concept.
This last point was made by Boss, who claims that Freud's metapsychological theory is therefore contradictory in itself.
They develop a metapsychological understanding of art while raising doubts about the self-serving nature of psychoanalytic aesthetics.
In order to describe these metapsychological representations, the French philosopher Henry Corbin, who studied extensively the mystic experiences of Persian Zoroastrians and of Shiite Muslims, called them imaginales, ontologically real, in opposition to imaginaires, fictitious.
In Abraham and Torok's metapsychological terminology, the play's main characters are "cryptophores" whose reality is structured by complicity in a crime whose encryption renders it unspeakable.
(3) Here, however, it will be argued that Zola's pre-Rougon-Macquart novel contains a conception of psychological behavior that is grounded in the energeticist terms that Freud would elaborate at length in his metapsychological writings and, importantly, as we shall discuss now, in his early, albeit abandoned, extended theory of the mind, Project for a Scientific Psychology (1895).
(2) Caropreso and Theisen Simanke re-examine the second instinctual dualism hypothesis introduced by Freud in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, pointing out that death instinct is an internal necessity of Freudian metapsychological theory.
INTRODUCTION: It is the aim of the paper to critically explore the metapsychological theory and technical approach of James F Masterson to narcissistic disorders of the self.
(1992) Le statut metapsychologique de la perception et le irrepresentable, The metapsychological status of perception and the unrepresentable.
Thus for Coleridge, sensuous cognition is related to self-discovery, which in turn informs Coleridge's metapsychological investigations--hence the minute experiments on perception that Coleridge mentions in a notebook.
Gilman's implicit definition of cultural and metapsychological spaces as bounded also explains the reason why, while referring to the comparison of Jews (the so-called "Negroes of Europe") and Africans, quite common at the time, he considerably downplays the anti-African and anti-black dimension present in the Freudian text.